Thursday, September 4, 2014

Upcoming Infinite Flight Live improvements

It has already been a week since we started to roll out Infinite Flight Live on Google Play. During this week, we were hard at work to improve the stability of our servers as well as the overall experience for Infinite Flight Live subscribers.

We are about to release another hotfix (most likely tomorrow) for Google Play users that will contain the following improvements:

Multiple server support w/ dynamic scaling


As most of you noticed, taxiing at the default airport (KHAF) in the default region (San Francisco) was a bit of a mess last week due to the overwhelming number of new Infinite Flight Live subscribers.
Fortunately we did anticipate this and we already had a solution ready; we needed to see how our server would handle a large number of people at once in order to optimize the right things and make the right decisions about how to improve the overall Infinite Flight experience.
In order to solve this, we now have multiple servers to handle all pilots. When connecting to Infinite Flight Live, you will be directed to the first server with enough resources to handle the current number of pilots + you. If all current servers are full, new servers are launched to handle the load.
In the future, we might improve the heuristic used to select the best server including your starting airport, your standing, XP, etc. The goal is to give everyone the best flying experience.

Custom server selection to play with friends


As mentioned in the previous section, when connecting to Infinite Flight Live you will be assigned to a random server. This solves the issue with having too many pilots in the same location but it makes it hard to fly with your friends.
For this, we added a new server selection menu that allow you to specify which server (from the list of currently available ones) you want to connect to. Be aware that this setting is not persistent: it will revert to the default behavior (random selection) the next time you fly.

High standing servers


Most pilots like to follow procedures but others like to crash in everything ;) There is not much we can do at this point to prevent some pilots to ruin the experience of others; we could increase the price of a subscription in order to deter people with bad intentions or we could add a voting system as some of you suggested but none of those solutions seem to fit our vision for Infinite Flight Live. High standing servers is an attempt to solve this issue; in the same server selection menu mentioned above, you will find a server dedicated to pilots with 90% standing and more. Connecting to this server will guarantee you to be flying with like-minded pilot.
As we improve our automatic server selection algorithm, we might get rid of those specific high standing servers since we will be able to better match pilots together.

Servers in multiple location (USA, Europe, Asia, for now)


In an effort to improve the performance for everyone around the globe, we have servers that are located in different physical locations. This has a couple advantages:
  • Redundancy: if, for some reason there is a catastrophic failure in the datacenter hosting our dedicated servers, we can quickly spawn a few more instances in another location so everyone can continue to enjoy Infinite Flight Live
  • Performance: you might experience better performance if you manually select a server that is physically closer to you (this is not always true but you can try). We will probably include this in our server selection algorithm in the future to make it even easier for the end-user.

Prevented selection of big airplanes at small airports


In this past week, we noticed that a lot of pilots were getting violation for starting at an airport with an airplane that was too big for it. There is indeed a rule that will generate violation if you land at an airport that cannot handle the airplane class you are currently flying, however we forgot about the case when pilots start at that airport.
This indeed was a bug that will be fixed in our upcoming hotfix release.

Other issues that should be fixed


There are a couple other issues that were reported that should be fixed:
  • Black scenery tiles appearing after multiple flights
  • Only top left portion of the screen is displayed when starting Infinite Flight while holding the device in portrait

Note to iOS users


We understand that you have been waiting to have access to Infinite Flight Live and we appreciate your patience and support. Unfortunately we won't be able to release this week (this is exactly why we prefer not to give dates since we anticipate some of you to be disappointed). We did send the update to Apple, but with all the changes we recently made, we need to resend a new version and wait another week (or so) for it to be accepted. That being said, we believe this is for the best and will guaranty a smoother experience when we launch Infinite Flight Live on iOS.

In the meantime, here are a few screenshots from this past week



44 comments:

ethan zheng said...

Patiently waiting for the iOS update! :)

Jordino Mutale said...

Can't wait for me to try on my iPad Air lol the android is doing fine just Need a bigger device to play on for mp

EnriqueDominican said...

I will wait the necessary time to play the best game on ios

Bono Larbi said...

nice

spencer doyle said...

Can we have access to the new aircraft at least?

Red Bird Pilot said...

I'll wait patiently for the upcoming update since I have Android.
Notice:This message goes to all of you if you have iOS, If you want a subscription to Infinite Flight Live, sign up as quickly as possible because space is limited for a month. So if you sign up late, you'll have to wait for a month. Sign up early, and you'll be lucky. If you have any questions, please comment on this post. See you in the skies!

Little Jaye said...

Mr. Matthieu Laban I feel that it's a phenomenal what you've been able to accomplish in such little time. All of my members of IFWP are overall pleased although they can't wait for the ios launch. I don't care if it takes a year from now to have the game at peek status. From my community to you Mr Laban, much thanks !

Ahmad Mamdouh said...

I want to pay for the live feature using my Google Balance :(

Jamie Russell said...

I love love love this game. hats off to the IF team. I understood that with the purchase of subscription that we would get all the planes and regions. What's the update on this?
Thanks

Giul Loom said...

Ooohh way is the update not this week

mikefj2004 said...

Can't wait for the IOS release. Looking forward to it.

Miguel Valtierra said...

Does anyone know how to change the voice of ATC lady?

pak hei ching said...

It is to expensive

Andy said...

Many thanks for the update. Please consider adding AI aircraft as an alternative to Multiplayer for the Solo player. I would happily pay an IAP for such a feature.

ภาวัต พึ่งเจริญ said...

When.,.???

Jndeye Stapleton said...

I will wait for iOS and keep up the good work

ruparaw said...

Current time was 11am usa time sep 5th... Still awaiting of... "We are about to release another hotfix (most likely tomorrow) for Google Play users that will contain the following improvements:..."

ruparaw said...

I had already update the latest using a 90% standing server but i don't feel any significant different in the performance, its same if more then 1 pilot onboard the performance detroit

Alex Nolli said...

in single player i use big plane like B777 A330 B737... can you use them when i start to fly in infinite flight live?

Sulaiman Selamat Din said...

Hi, ive already subscribe to the infinite live but unable to play online. Pls help. Tq

Ivo Kodris said...

Hi, I'm big fan of yours but I would be even bigger if you added the names to the taxiways, seems a little bit blend without them.

ruparaw said...

I realized since this update most of the time iam bing kick out by the server with no specific reason, the connectivity was good and the server load less then 10%(at 90% standing server) especially on bigger map. There also keep asking the user authentication several time.

Tanav Karnik said...

Hey, Devs. A couple of suggestions for the game I have:
Friends, so if they are online when you are, you can play with them.
Only allow one aircraft on a runway.
When you collide with another aircraft, you both crash.<-- This might cause some people to crash and ruin others flight, so you might want to find a way to stop that

Lucas said...

When is the IOS multiplayer update being released? Just want to know wich wek

Jack Sappington said...

I'd say this Thursday because ape takes a week to review them and the update was sent last Thursday

sam sparks said...

I want multiplayer!!!! Wahhh

anshuman said...

I have a note three . When i am starting the live game the visibility which i had set at 50 km had automatically come to 0. Plz help mw to solve this issue as i am not able to play the game properly

Elias Estrella said...

It has need a week where is the multiplayer

Ernest Li said...

We have been waiting for one and a half weeks, where is the update!?

damien sproule said...

I don't have a working game and it says to contact you

Media Pro said...

Come on Hurry for the ios update NOW!! PLEASE

Paul Holden said...

I'm hoping this week, new IOS devices, IOS8 and infinate flight IOS update, here's hoping

Tekin Ekmekci said...

☪ ☪ ☪ ☪
Updated now IOS

Media Pro said...
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Media Pro said...

Why the F**k is the update for ios 7 why don't you make it for ios6 atlest

sam sparks said...

I just bought a subscription and it says no subscription found on the live menu

NOOR QEEN said...

I want to update the game for Android

NOOR QEEN said...

Please solve the problem of aviation Live I can not subscribe to want to solve faster attention please

Povilas Rinkevicius said...

Please multiplayer for free please :(((

Anna Marie Larsen said...

Integration with VATSIM please, that would be great ��

Anna Marie Larsen said...

I'd possible could we get a working FMC?

cebola tutoriais said...

my infinite flight this with a problem like it when I see lower planes he speaks the apk must be original but my apk is original.me help

cebola tutoriais said...

my infinite flight this with a problem like it when I see lower planes he speaks the apk must be original but my apk is original.me help

Nathan Hartin said...

When will they update amazon version😥

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